Women Empowerment Consultant / Syria Peace Building Programme

Geneva, Switzerland | Peace Building in Syria | Full-time

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JOB TITLE:                                           Women Empowerment Consultant / Syria Peace Building Programme

DUTY STATION:                                  International

ROLE:                                                    Consultant

STARTING DATE:                                AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

CONTRACT DURATION:                   Should not exceed 40 days over 6-month period

REPORTS TO:                                    Senior Advisor for Peace Building in Syria

 

 

 

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948. It brings together 350 member churches from all over the world, including Orthodox churches, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran and Reformed denominations, to promote Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Through its programmatic work on Syria, the WCC emphasizes the essential role of gender equity and empowerment of women in achieving peace building and sustainable development in Syria in line with Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and other relevant SC resolutions on Women, Peace and Security which request full integration of women in peace and political process, and demand full and equal access of women to decision making positions in their respective countries.

 

Realizing the strong aspirations of Syrian women from different political backgrounds to play constructive roles in the future of Syria, and admitting the needs of Syrian grass -roots organizations of strong technical support in areas of gender and women empowerment in order to be capable of fulfilling the Syrian women aspirations, the WCC, in cooperation with its partners, is committed to advance the agenda of women empowerment  and women’s and girls’ equal rights, combatting discriminatory practices,  challenging the roles and stereotypes that affect inequalities and exclusion and providing women with needed expertise and training.   

 

Building on the results achieved and the lessons learned the goal of the WCC is to ensure that the Syrian women will lead, participle and benefit equally from the peace process and any future political settlement in Syria, and assure that the Syrian women will live a life free from all kinds of discrimination and violence.

 

With that background, the WCC seeks to recruit a Women Empowerment consultant, reporting to the Senior Advisor for Peace Building. The Consultant will work in close collaboration with the programme’s team, as well as with relevant external partners.  

Objectives of the Assignment:

  • Provide the programme with best practices and benchmarks from international experiences in the field of the empowerment of women, adapted to the Syrian context.
  • Conduct comprehensive analysis and develop strategies to achieve programme results, especially those related to women outcomes.
  • Support the WCC programme on Syria in its efforts in the area of gender mainstreaming with the different stakeholders including the civil society organizations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the guidance of the Senior Advisor for Peace Building, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide support to the programme team and field-implementing partners to integrate gender equality and women empowerment strategies within all aspects of programme design, planning, implementation, reporting processes, and M&E systems, including concept notes, annual work plans, M&E plans, and periodic and annual reports;
  • Provide evidence-based input to support advocacy and support programme implementation;
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of social and political barriers to women’s participation in peace and political process and provide strategies to address these barriers;
  • Participate in writing project documents and reports as required;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and develop relevant knowledge management tools and knowledge products (briefs; good practices; lesson learned papers; case studies; etc.) in collaboration with the M&E teams;

COMPETENCIES

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge and expertise in gender research and policy analysis;
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to draft and communicate high quality clear and concise outputs;
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and indicators, especially gender-related statistics and indicators;
  • Capacity to set priorities, self-organize research work and to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time; 
  • Proven excellent written skills;
  • Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (word, database, spreadsheets, etc.).

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, public health, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is an asset.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in development policy and/or research with a strong focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Technical experience in women empowerment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international best practices in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Experience in developing strategic documents;
  • Experience in Syria.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Arabic and English is required.

Deadline for Applications:

  • 7 February 2021

 

  • For individuals: CV and a motivation letter.
  • For institutions: A short introduction to the institution and its experience in women empowerment.
  • For both: The daily cost in CHF, EUR or USD.

 

 

Additional information: The contract will be issued in Geneva, but the consultant can be based anywhere.

 

ABOUT HUMAN RESOURCES AT THE WCC:

The WCC is an equal opportunity employer. The sole criteria for recruitment, training and career opportunities are qualification, skills, experience and performance to all its staff members.